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Day 1 – Ontario, CA – Chandler, AZ 348 miles

Oh what a beautiful day ☀️ to ride across the Mojave desert into Arizona. We pulled out of Ontario about 10 minutes ahead of schedule. A smooth start to Run for the Wall-2019. We rode through a light overcast, 60 degrees. About 10 miles out we rode into fog which dropped the temperature slightly. Rode in the fog for about 10 minutes and then the sun came out and it was beautiful. We had light cross winds through California, as the day went on the cross winds became a little stronger. The wind keeps the temperature down or the perception of heat down, so it’s all good. It’s a dry heat 😂, right.

Lifestyle Cycles donated two gas stops today, at California prices! Do the math on that one! If you live in Southern California, it’s a great shop with great prices!

After gassing up, we pulled into the Blythe fairgrounds. The small town of Blythe does a tremendous job of feeding us lunch and putting on a patriotic program. The Southern Route has been riding into Blythe for twelve years, receiving a warm welcome.

It was an easy ride into town with three law enforcement agencies escorting us; Blythe P.D., California Highway Patrol and Riverside County Sheriff. Thank you!

The JROTC performed a Missing Man Ceremony that was very moving.


Leaving Blythe Fairgrounds, we crossed the Colorado River into Arizona and cheaper gas! Pulled into the Tonapah Love’s Travel Stop, gassed up and…. my bike wouldn’t start 😢, DEAD Battery. Two nice fuel team members pushed my bike out of the way, (I was clogging up the works). Chad “Slacker” O’dell gave me a jump so I could get into the staging area. Then he gave me another jump when it was time to ride out. Thank you Slacker and Bob “Captain America” Nelson for having the jumper pack, enabling me to get on down the road.

Once we crossed into Arizona we had two LEO (Law Enforcement Officers) escorting us through Phoenix. They did a tremendous job, blocking traffic. A big HOORAH for our road guards. Keeping us safe as we move on down the road.

Pulled into Chandler to a warm, patriotic welcome from the Patriotic Guard Riders who formed a nice flag line. Here is where my sit-rep ends because, I had to purchase a new battery and lend moral support to my husband as he changed the battery. I missed the ceremony and program. The good news, I have a new battery, the bike started right up and I’ll be back in business tomorrow.

In closing:

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” Samuel Adams

Excuse grammar and spelling mistakes. It’s been a long day as we